When the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, it transforms itself. Having a positive impact on the artists we work with and audiences who watch us in end is our goal.
Cindy Heen is a dedicated dancer who has committed her life to the art form. She earned her BA and Minor in Dance from the University of Central Florida in 2013, followed by an MFA in Dance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2018.
Currently, Cindy's passion for dance shines through her diverse involvement in the field. As a devoted educator, she shares her knowledge and expertise as a dance Professor at UCF and DSC, and as a dance instructor at University Performing Arts Centre. Additionally, Cindy serves as a judge and teacher with Sheer Elite International, enriching the dance community with her insights.
Her creativity extends to choreography, with her work gracing numerous studios, competitions, and concerts. Notably, Cindy recently set a contemporary piece at Rollins College and contributed several pieces to the UCF Dance Concerts.
As the artistic director of Emergence Dance, Cindy leads her own professional dance company, producing and directing full-length works that captivate audiences. She also curates the annual Emergence Dance Festival, providing a platform to showcase emerging choreographers.
Cindy's entrepreneurial spirit is evident in her creation of Dance Buddy, a line of self-care tools tailored for dancers, reflecting her belief in holistic well-being for optimal performance.
Cindy's performance career spans various esteemed companies, including SeaWorld, Santa Clara Ballet, Dawn Branch Works, Vixen Talent Productions, and Emotions Dance, among others. Her dedication to education and advocacy for the arts remains unwavering. Through her endeavors, she embodies the belief that empowering artists and nurturing their well-being are essential facets of her life's purpose.
Emergence Dance, founded in 2017 by Cindy Heen in San Francisco, CA, is now based in Orlando. Dedicated to the transformative power of movement, our humanistic approach emphasizes technique, experiential awareness, and ritual practice. Our performances aim to spark spiritual and emotional catharsis, fostering community and individual expression. As a professional dance company, we prioritize versatility, passion, and uniqueness in our performers. Through original productions like the Emergence Dance Festival, Dream, Oasis: A Fresh Summer Series, and monthly master classes, we've become a leader in Central Florida's dance scene, with our works reaching audiences worldwide.
Catherine Linder began dancing in Kissimmee, Florida at the age of 11. Throughout the years she trained in ballet, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, and hip hop. Beyond dancing, she has a strong passion for serving her community through arts education. In 2015 she began her own after school arts program, HeARTS Heal, which focused on stimulating student's imaginations to raise awareness on global issues through art and dance. Additionally, she enjoys choreographing for Next Level Dance Studio, and loves the opportunity to connect with students at all levels in the dance world.
Cambria Evans is a Doctor of Physical Therapy by trade, but lives and breathes to dance! Cambria has been trained in theater, dance, and vocal arts since childhood. Early credits include Little Women, High School Musical, Bye-Bye Birdie, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat. She later received her bachelors of science at University of Florida while simultaneously working on a minor in dance. Through college she performed in the annual showcases with the UF dance program as well as choreographed and performed several of her own works for church. Since moving to Orlando, she has performed with New Element Dance Company, ESOR Jamaican Dance Company Seasons 2015, 2016, and 2017, and Dawn Branch Works production of Eden 2019, and 2020 and at Creative City Festival with David Gabriel in 2018 and Aretuza Ballerina Project in 2019.
Arianna Fleischman is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She began dancing at the age of 4, under the direction of Marta Jackson. She has attended many summer intensives, including: Fort Wayne Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Ballet MET, Orlando Ballet, and St.Lucie Ballet,, with scholarships to many of these and other various programs. After completing her local training,at the age of 18, she relocated to join Milwaukee Ballet's Pre Professional program under the direction of Rolando Yanes. She then joined Fort Wayne Ballet for their 2020 season under Karen Gibbons-Brown. She then moved on to dance with United Ballet Theatre under the direction of Joseph Gatti.She has guested with many companies and has done many roles such as: The Sugar plum fairy, The Dew Drop Fairy, and Clara in The Nutcracker, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and Kitri in an excerpt from Don Quixote. She is currently dancing under Emergence Dance and Dawn Branch Works, as well as freelancing as a dancer and is also a published model.
An Indiana native, she began her ballet training under Suzann Delay. She earned a degree in Ballet with an outside field in Kinesiology from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the direction of Michael Vernon and the late Violette Verdy. She danced three seasons with Ballet Theatre of Indiana, performing in ballets such as Giselle (Giselle) and Sarah Farnsley’s Absolution. Her last several Decembers have been filled performing in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration as a dancer and featured artist. Megan has also performed with groups such as Ballet Initiative and Crossroads Dance Indy around central Indiana. Megan is thrilled to continue her dancing in Orlando in her first season with Emergence Dance Company.
Toria Gobel began her dance journey in Milan, IN at the age of 3. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance, Performance and Choreography at Ohio University in 2022. Along with her degree, she also received a minor in marketing and a certificate in entrepreneurship. Her other studies include pedagogy, stage management, stage tech and stagehand work, Laban Movement Analysis, modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, African dance and some Kinesiology. She has worked with many acclaimed choreographers and artists such as Alexandra Beller, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Brian Brooks and David Dorfman Dance Company.
Heaven Rosignol is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher that grew up in lake county Florida. She started her love of dance at the age of 8 at Studio 19. Heaven has studied many different styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop. During her training she has crossed paths with various choreographers and companies including Jon Lehrer, Modas Dance, Movement Dance Company, Dawn Branch, Carolyn Dorfman, Marshall Ellis Elite Ballet, Nick Gonzalez, and The Nexxt Move. Heaven is currently training and is continuing to pursue her dream of moving to the city to choreograph and perform in concert and commercial dance.
Anna Molinari is a performer, choreographer and dance educator in the orlando area. She holds her bachelors in theatre with a dance minor from the University of central Florida and I excited to be making her debut with Emergence Dance Company this season!
Tiffany Forsythe, a native of Virginia began dancing at the age of 6 at the Lakewood
Dance & Music Center and continued her training at Old Donation Center for the Gifted,
Governor’s School of the Arts, In The Spotlight School of Dance where she was a
member of the Junior and Senior Dance Company, and Norfolk Academy under the
close supervision of Elbert Watson a formal principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey Dance
Company. Tiffany began her professional dance career by earning a full scholarship to George
Mason University’s School of Dance Program in Fairfax, VA and has entertained at
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Since relocating to Orlando, FL, she has trained at The Center For Contemporary
Dance, Central Florida Ballet, Russian Ballet Orlando, and Underground Movement in
addition to performing with local dance companies including Moore Dance Project and
Dawn Branch Works. Tiffany is excited to continue her dance journey with Emergence Dance Company.
Hi, my name is Cassidy Karins! I’m currently a sophomore at UCF studying for my entertainment management major and my dance minor. I was born in Florida and was raised in Hawaii. I started dancing when I was 12 and have trained in many styles since then. I started my competition training in 10th grade and have had a passion to pursue dance ever since.
Michael Winston Jr., a native of Jacksonville, Florida began dancing at the age of 14. He has trained at several dance studios and competed in competitions like Showstoppers and Starbound. His passion for dance
grew when he performed as guest entertainment with his first jazz solo
in his high school’s annual pageant. Michael is skilled in styles of hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and ballet. In 2022, Michael began
training in heels and choreographed/directed his first visualizer this past summer. He has a true love for music and uses dance as an expression of art. He is currently studying Entertainment Management at the
University of Central Florida and has a minor in dance. His credits include Carnival Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Disney Springs, and
Universal Studios. Michael is excited to continue his dance journey being one of the newest members of Emergence Dance Company.
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Valeria Perez began dancing at the age of 2. Valeria has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theater, modern, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She is currently a member of the Dr. Phillips High School Dance Magnet and Dance In Motion Travel Company where she has had the opportunity of working with several dance companies such as the Jon Lehrer Dance Company and Open Space Dance Company. With the Dance In Motion Company, Valeria has been able to travel to Vancouver Washington and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the National High School Dance Festival. Valeria is very passionate about dance, and strives to always grow as an artist. Valeria is excited to continue to her dance journey with the Emergence Dance Company.
Meagan has been living and breathing dance since the age of 3. She always leaned on dance to be her way of coping and letting her body express herself. She strives to be her best self, while continuing to grow more and more everyday. Meagan grew up in Orlando, while competing globally in America and Canada. She spent time moving around studios until she found Focus as her true home. From then on she was named Intrigue’s True Performer, won numerous awards for her performances, danced for festivals around Orlando and her community, performed at Orlando Magic halftime, has begun choreographing for her home studio, starred in dance storytelling videos for “Three Hearts Dance”, and took on a huge leadership role. Her favorite part of her whole dance career is being a leader and expressing her passion to younger dancers. Now, she is currently teaching and sprouting her wings in Orlando, sharing her love for dance. She is so honored to be apart of the Focus Family as a staff member and teacher, assistant, and company choreographer. She has also won multiple choreography awards, and has a background of social media marketing for Focus, and dancing/ performing with “Emergence Dance Company”. Meagan takes true pride in giving and loving her dancers, while expressing herself in performance.
Katarina Yuhas started dancing in West Palm Beach at age 8. She has trained in ballet, contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. She moved to Orlando in 2018 and has a minor in dance from University of Central Florida, and is finishing her Bachelor of Arts, and is currently working toward an Associate of Science in physical therapy assistance with Seminole State College. She works for University Performing Arts Centre as their office manager and a teacher.